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* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Americans Love Judas Priest]]: Not that they were never popular in the UK and other areas, but they were and still are pretty popular in the United States, being the most commercially popular NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal (even though they ''aren't'' a NWOBHM band) band [[EagleLand there]].
* AwardSnub: Finally [[DefiedTrope defied]] at the beginning of 2010, they won a Grammy!
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/JudasPriest They now have a page.]]
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The two-part song "Heavy Duty / Defenders of the Faith" starts out as an IntercourseWithYou song, then the lyrics abruptly switch to HeavyMeta.
* EarWorm: "Breaking the Law".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Definitely. Their first album "Rocka Rolla" was standard 70's blues rock with only faint nods to heavy metal, not to mention the band itself, wearing floral pattern shirts and ''bell-bottoms'' instead of the metal fashion they became famous for.
** Not weird enough? Try listening to demos with original singer Al Atkins. A good singer, but far more of a gravelly blues rock singer than a screamer like Rob Halford. By Atkins’ own admission the band would have probably gone in a more Music/{{ACDC}} type direction had he stuck around.
* EpicRiff: "The Ripper" and "Breaking the Law".
* GrowingTheBeard: They started recording in 1974, but it wasn't until their second album (''Sad Wings of Destiny'', 1976) that they developed the metal sound that became their SignatureStyle, and it wasn't until their fourth album (''Stained Class'', 1978) that they progressed to speed metal.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** One cannot help but listen to "Brain Dead" and think of the Terri Schiavo case.
** "Electric Eye", in lieu of the privacy violation accusations big websites such as Website/{{Facebook}} and Website/{{Google}} are facing.
* HilariousInHindsight: "Grinder" was already being read differently by listeners in light of Rob Halford's sexuality... Then in 2009 there was a popular social app targeted towards gay and bisexual men that happened to be called Grindr: If you mentally drop the "e" from the title drop, the song starts sounding like an endorsement of using the app to find sexual partners (i.e. "Grindr / looking for meat").
* IronWoobie: Rob Halford in the '80s. Dear lord, not only did he struggle to keep his sexuality in the closet, but he suffered from depression, substance abuse, and a violent relationship with his partner at the time. The reason Halford finally got clean in 1985 was because of said relationship. The relationship ended in a nightmarishly tragic way when his partner put a gun to his head and killed himself '''''RIGHT IN FRONT OF HALFORD'''''. Halford tried to kill himself in the aftermath by overdosing on painkillers, but he decided to call for help at the last second and after a one month stay in rehab, Halford went out on his first fully sober world tour to support the ''Turbo'' album. He has now been sober [[EarnYourHappyEnding for over 30 years and counting]].
* {{Misblamed}}: Tim "Ripper" Owens seems to get ''all'' the flack for ''Jugulator'' and ''Demolition'' simply due to the fact that he's not Rob Halford. This is pretty unfair considering it was Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing who wrote the albums, but, the fans needed someone to blame and Tim drew the short straw.
* {{Narm}}:
** The 1998 version of "Rapid Fire" reaches new levels of absurdity with Ripper's over-the-top vocals.
-->''BREATHING FIRE!''
** The song "Abductors" from ''Jugulator'' could’ve been one of Priest’s scarier songs, but Ripper’s over-the-top MetalScream comes off as comical and often clashes with the otherwise genuinely creepy instrumental. [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking The fact that it sound like he’s saying "Oh Doctor" adds to the unintentional silliness]].
* OlderThanTheyThink: Many people believe Judas Priest is a NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band like Music/IronMaiden or Music/{{Motorhead}}, but they formed in ''1969'' which makes them one of the first metal bands like Music/BlackSabbath. This is largely because they made it big during the NWOBHM era.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Electric Eye". The song is about a spy satellite, after all.
* ReplacementScrappy:
** Tim ”Ripper” Owens faced this, replacing one of Heavy Metal’s most iconic vocalists, though most of the scorn is directed at the material itself, given that his vocal range was very close to Rob Halford’s.
** Dave Holland is looked down upon by certain fans for being more simplistic in approach compared to the drummers before and after him, though these days [[RoleEndingMisdemeanor nobody wants to defend the guy]] after what he was convicted of.
** Generally averted with Scott Travis, their current drummer. [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WS6-vI70oc0 Just listen to the opening of Painkiller]] and you’ll see why many fans preference him over Dave Holland.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Many aspects of their music and stage performance seem incredibly [[ClicheStorm clichéd]] -- until you realise they are the ones who started those clichés in the first place. Because of this, while you'd be hard-pressed to find a metalhead who doesn't enjoy at least some of their music, many are left wondering what was so special about them.
* SoBadItsGood:
** Much of their glam material, from the point of view of a fan of their heavier work.
** Their earliest BluesRock output before they evolved to HeavyMetal has also drawn derision.
* ToughActToFollow: ''Point of Entry'' had the unenviable task of following the seminal ''Music/BritishSteel''. While not bad, it did not exceed it. And then came ''Screaming for Vengeance'', basically securing its place as the ignored middle child of their albums.
** ''Painkiller'' as well, with many fans and critics agreeing that ''Jugulator'' was too heavy and intense compared to their earlier work. Then again, their latest output, ''Redeemer of Souls'', is raising the bar for anything that comes after that.
* VindicatedByHistory: While ''Turbo'' was a smash hit commercially went it came out back in 1986, most fans hated it for its more glam metal sound. Nowadays, it is often regarded by many as one of their best, but still not without its detractors.
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